Monthly Archives: August 2002

Theola Mae Grissom Hunter

Posted on August 29, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Theola Mae Grissom Hunter, 79, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 26, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Hunter was born Nov. 16, 1922, in Van Buren County, to Alfred Elisah and Sally Martha Yates Grissom.
She was a homemaker.
Hunter was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include one daughter, June Brock of Oakland; one son, Charles Hunter of Covington, Ohio; one sister, Maude Grissom of Spencer; five grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Aug. 29, 2002, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Highland Cemetery. Fate Wilson will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Seeing clearly through the eyes of professionals

Posted on August 29, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Convenience and professional service are the two goals Dr. Colby Stewart provides for his patients. Those reasons are why White County Community Hospital is proud to have Stewart as a new addition to the services they provide for the community.
Stewart moved to Putnam County from Galveston, Texas, in 1996. While in Galveston, he worked with Vision America and moved to Cookeville as a part of their company. Regrettably, Vision America had financial problems and eventually filed bankruptcy. At this point is when the young and energetic doctor decided to venture out and begin his own company.
Tennessee Lasik Associates, in Cookeville, is one of … Read More


Melvin Bumbalough

Posted on August 29, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Melvin Bumbalough, 48, of Cookeville, passed away Aug. 26, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Bumbalough was born April 17, 1954, in White County, To Tom Otis and Braskie Mae Bumbalough.
He was a self-employed landscaper.
Bumbalough was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Wilene Bumbalough; and one brother, Clifton Bumbalough.
Survivors include his wife, Priscilla Cargile Bumbalough of Cookeville; one daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Blake Philpot of Rickman; two sons, Scottie Bumbalough and Lonnie Bumbalough both of Cookeville; three sisters, Mildred Dyer and Adell Grogan both of Cookeville and Alene Lauren of Sparta; four brothers, Cledaus Bumbalough of Sparta, Glen Bumbalough of White … Read More


Lottery is hot topic

Posted on August 29, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
In November 2002, the voters of Tennessee will decide by constitutional referendum whether or not to allow a lottery. Heather Nelson, Grassroots coordinator for Middle Tennessee, spoke to the Republican Party meeting on Monday night to explain the alleged pitfalls of the proposed legislation.
Nelson spoke to the crowd in hopes of garnering local participation to help defeat the proposed Tennessee State Lottery. A recent graduate of Lipscomb University, Nelson said her interest in the lottery stemmed from her home state of Alabama. She was active in the fight against the Alabama lottery and was successful in her efforts.
According to statistics presented by Nelson, … Read More


John LeRoy Edmonds

Posted on August 29, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

John LeRoy Edmonds, 57, of New Mexico, formerly of White County, passed away Aug. 24, 2002.
Edmonds was born Feb. 16, 1945, in Seattle, Wash., to Hermon Dexter Edmonds and Bonnie Jean Edmonds.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and had been employed at Wagner Electric. Edmonds was also the minister of Grants Nazarene Church.
Edmonds was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Joel; and one son, John Paul.
Survivors include his wife, Esther Edmonds of New Mexico; two daughters, Yvonne “Bonnie” Klein of California and Nicole “Nikki” Matheney of Sparta; one sister, Carolyn Bedford of Texas; one brother Charles “Jeff” Edmonds of Alabama; six … Read More


Lourena Howell Eller

Posted on August 29, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Lourena Howell Eller, 89, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 25, 2002, at NHC of Sparta.
Eller was born Sept. 22, 1912, in White County, to Sollie Norman Howell and Maggie Taylor Howell.
She attended Findlay Church of Christ and was a homemaker.
Eller was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Eller.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Ken O’Dell of Sparta; one son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Sarah Eller of Sparta; one brother, Ed Howell of Sparta; one sister, Mary Etta Goines of Sparta; three grandchildren and their spouses, Lisa and David Case, Beth and Mike Anderson and Kevin and Shirley O’Dell; one great granddaughter, … Read More


Stolen Mercury is discovered in river

Posted on August 29, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dawn Bailey
The Sparta Police Department was investigating the scene of a stolen vehicle found in the water, at the boat ramp, on Highway 84 on Wednesday.
Officer Dale Dodson of the Sparta Police Department said a motorist alerted authorities about the vehicle and they went to the location to investigate. When Dodson, Officer Jeff Glass and Lt. Ken McCormick investigated the scene, they discovered a 1994 Mercury Cougar had been stripped and dumped into the water. Authorities said the vehicle was stolen from Freida Hedge of Savannah, Tenn.
– Blanton arrested for aggravated assault on a deputy
Authorities placed Joel Steven Blanton, 34, of Sparta, under arrest … Read More


Ernest L. Jones

Posted on August 29, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ernest L. Jones, 78, of Cookeville, passed away Aug. 26, 2002, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Jones was born July 19, 1924, in Wilson County, to Sheily and Ova Traywick Jones.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of American Legion Post 99. Jones was a mechanic and owner of Ernie’s Gulf.
Jones was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Orville Jones; two brothers, Robert Jones and Ben Jones; and two sisters, Euna Fisher and Ollie Woodley.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Anita Jones of Cookeville; one daughter and son-in-law, Doris and Cecil Phillips of Cookeville;… Read More


Love enough for all the children

Posted on August 29, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
The days of sitting on the porch with grandma and grandpa, while they tell stories of their childhood, have almost disappeared. However, there is one group of energetic senior citizens who still believe in spreading their love around, and they are known as Foster Grandparents.
Cheryl Pack, program coordinator, is excited about the success rate documented in 2001, which stated more than 30,000 Foster Grandparents nationwide tended to the needs of 275,000 young children and teenagers. “All children need that extra little boost they can get from a grandparent,” said Pack. “Some children’s grandparents may be deceased, or they may not be able to visit … Read More


Teen injured in Hwy 84 crash

Posted on August 26, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dawn Bailey
Thirteen-year-old Candace Douglas was transported to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga after she sustained head injuries in an accident on Highway 84, Sunday evening.
The Emergency 911 Center dispatched emergency personnel to the scene of the accident at approximately 9:10 p.m. According to Trooper Gary Myers of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Dennis T. Douglas, 35, of Sparta, was traveling northbound on Highway 84 when his vehicle went off the right shoulder of the roadway and struck a tree. The passenger, Candace Douglas, was injured in the accident and an Erlanger Life Force helicopter landed in a field several miles away from the crash site because of … Read More


Mary Alice Terry

Posted on August 26, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Alice Terry, 84, of McMinnville, passed away Aug. 24, 2002, at River Park Hospital in McMinnville.
Terry was born Sept. 10, 1917, in Warren County, to Willie G. Bost and Ethel Lee Rogers.
She was a retired beautician after a 50-year career.
Terry was preceded in death by one great granddaughter, Lakyn Adcock and one grandson, Brent Terry.
Survivors include her husband, Robert F. Terry of McMinnville; one daughter and son-in-law, Louise and Glynn Womack of McMinnville; one son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Ruthie Terry of McMinnville; two grandson, Chris Terry and Matthew both of McMinnville; two granddaughters and their spouses, Terri and Tim Majors and Glenna … Read More


Pedigo speaks at Chamber luncheon

Posted on August 26, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Development of business and industry is a major concern for members of the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce. On Wednesday, individuals gathered at the monthly membership luncheon to hear Tommy Pedigo, the newly elected mayor of Sparta, relate some of his goals and hopes for the city as he enters his new term.
Pedigo began by telling about some of his experiences when he did not live in Sparta. Pedigo, who was born and educated in White County, told how proud he was of his hometown. “Sometimes people don’t really realize what they have here,” he said. “When I lived away from here for many … Read More


Tax increases have impact on local businesses

Posted on August 26, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Rima Austin
Across the state, people are starting to slowly realize the toll tthe new taxes are taking on their wallets. Even with some stores being affected differently than others, the prices are gradually rising, causing tempers to rise as well.
With a lot of hard feelings toward the raised prices, it is understandable citizens want to point the finger at the state government. P.J. Fuller, a local businessman, was undoubtedly agitated by all the goings-on at the capital. “They are going to tax everything before it’s over with,” exclaimed Fuller.
Fuller went on to explain in his opinion, the new taxes are just another squeeze by Gov. … Read More


Anne Estelle Green Young

Posted on August 26, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Anne Estelle Green Young, 80, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 22, 2002, at White County Community Hospital.
Young was born April 1, 1922, in Nashville, to Marian Francis Green and Ella Elizabeth Stockman Fuller.
She had been a homemaker.
Young was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Frank Green.
Survivors include one son, Gary R. Young of Shreveport, La.; three daughters, Marcia Jane Benson of Sparta, Molly K. Wenzel of Kingston and Carol Ellen Loveless of Woodbury; two brothers, Milton Edward Green of Knoxville and Roland Green of Fayetteville, N.C.; nine grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.
Graveside services were held at 4 p.m., Aug. 24, … Read More


Business of the Week

Posted on August 26, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Expositor Report
The Fragrant Mushroom
Cherri and Thor McNeil –owners. The pottery gallery offers many handmade pieces. The gallery also offers a full line of handmade candles, incense, oils and soaps. They also have pottery classes at the studio. The gallery is located at 308 Gaines St., Sparta. Phone 836-8190. Also visit www.fragrantmushroom.com.


Lourena Howell Eller

Posted on August 26, 2002 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Lourena Howell Eller, 89, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 25, 2002, at NHC of Sparta.
Eller was born Sept. 22, 1912, in White County, to Sollie Norman Howell and Maggie Taylor Howell.
She attended Findlay Church of Christ and was a homemaker.
Eller was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Eller.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Ken O’Dell of Sparta; one son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Sarah Eller of Sparta; one brother, Ed Howell of Sparta; one sister, Mary Etta Goines of Sparta; three grandchildren and their spouses, Lisa and David Case, Beth and Mike Anderson and Kevin and Shirley O’Dell; one great granddaughter, … Read More


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